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Learning during COVID-19: Minnesota Releases Guidelines for 2020-21 Academic Year

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Minnesota Department of Education has released a 100-page guide for schools in the view of COVID-19. The guidelines directed at schools will help them prepare for three potential learning scenarios in the upcoming year. The three possible scenarios anticipated in the guide are in-person learning, distance learning and hybrid learning. Each set of protocols will help schools regularise learning methods avoiding disruptions to the greatest extent.

Each school has been asked to provide students with amenities such as hotspots to better disseminate learning material and COVID-19 updates besides facilitating social connectivity.

As per the guidelines, schools are directed to cooperate with student families and cater to their needs.

“We have school districts that are running a hybrid model, which is giving us a chance to learn a little bit more about their perspectives about what they’re learning and how it is we can improve the model,” explained Mueller, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

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  • In person learning: Schools are required to maintain physical distancing and adhere to safety protocols as mentioned in the guidelines published by Centres for Disease. Safety measures published by MDE for dining and restaurant eating are to be followed by students inside schools.

 

  • Hybrid Learning: Serving a one-time meal either at school or/and via distance learning distribution methods.

 

  • Distance Learning: Students are to be provided meal via home delivery, bus stop pick-up or curb-side pick-up.

The guidelines have detailed on classroom infrastructure and sitting arrangements, teacher-student interaction, transportation and contactless pickups to make sure each student is well-equipped with learning materials keeping at bay COVID-19 infection.

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